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the oil is going to come through here into these valves and into a series of five tanks and that's a process of separating the oil from the water. >> yes. >> reporter: what you see here is called the jaws. essentially when this ship gets the clearance to go out and start skimming oil, the oil will come into here and then get brought into these valves and get processed where they will begin the process of separating the water from the oil. right now, the crew of this ship is waiting on final permission from the unified command to start skimming oil in the gulf of mexico. there's a couple of issues being looked at right now. first of all, one of them is a safety issue, a ship this big out on the gulf of mexico needs about a half mile radius all the way around to operate safely. that's trying to figure out if that's possible. there's also environmental concerns. part of the way this ship works is that it brings in oil and water. it separates that and the water gets thrown back out into the gulf of mexico and they keep the oil. they're also looking into whether or not that water that's
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going to be discharged, what are the environmental impacts of that? that's one of the things slowing it down. everyone aboard here thinks it's just a matter of time before this vessel is put in to fight the oil disaster in the gulf of mexico. checking the headlines right now, vice president joe biden and his wife are spending the holiday weekend with u.s. troops in iraq. he'll also meet with iraqi leaders. and general david petraeus is on the job as the new u.s. commander in afghanistan. he deliver add speech at the u.s. embassy in kabul today and then met with afghan president hamid karzai. and building up america starts right now, tom foreman takes a closer look at innovative ways people and communities are coping in these tough economic times. >> the great wide west was the land of opportunity for pioneers and it still is. folks here are hearing the creeks and rumbles in the economy as much as anyone else.
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but they're also moving ahead despite all that. through technology, the arts, agriculture and so much more, building up america in their own western way. welcome on board the cnn express rolling through the land of enchantment. i'm tom foreman. new mexico is geographically a vast state. in terms of its economy, not so much. it's quite small compared to some of its powerful neighbors. there are only about 2 million people living here. but they have an endless supply of stories to tell about how they are trying to build up in these down times. and that's where we begin with a man who believes in the power of stories to help people on their way to recovery.
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a bit more than a year ago, m.e. had every reason to give up on the economy, the west and especially newspapers. >> we just walked around the whole day with tears in our eyes. >> after ten years of reporting for denver's "rocky mountain news," he and his colleagues were shocked to find it shutting down. >> that was a damn good newspaper and a special place. >> but rather than retreat, he charged straight down to his home state of new mexico, an unusual choice, perhaps, as a place to rebuild a career. the economy here has been struggling with steep job losses in mining, manufacturing, construction -- >> it's dead. nothing really going on. >> i would say it's very hard. >> you could find one. but it's going to be tough. >> but in the little town of santa rosa, m.e. found a newspaper for sale. and with every last dollar he
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had, he bought it. was this a wise decision? >> it is the best thing i ever did. best thing i ever did. >> he says that because no matter what he is covering each day, he and his small staff are making a go of, while other papers are dramatically cutting their costs, m.e. increased his staff payroll by 40%, adding more pages, more photos, more stories. he killed the paper's website, arguing that it hurt street sales and through all of that, he rebuilt the paper's relationship with its readers. >> the community hangs on every story. the community hangs on every cartoon. >> so now when he lampoons a local tourist attraction, a famous diving hole, even business folks who rely on it for a living seem to enjoy the joke. >> you like the cartoon? >> i like it. i'm going to keep all of these.
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>> it's tough work. one night a week, he drives 100 miles each way to pick up his papers from a printer. and many more nights, he and his staff work far into the darkness, all to keep expenses down and quality up. >> those things the readers don't notice, but what they sure as heck notice is that a lot of these big city newspapers are getting thinner and thinner and thinner. >> while his paper is getting thicker and the result? subscriptions, street sales and advertising are all up, up, up. >> this is the big lesson that you can apply to any paper in the country. it's working here because i'm spending more, not less. >> and because while other papers are folding all over, here everyone knows every morning, m.e. and his team will be back on the beat.
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m.e. says given time, he will try to bring back the internet site for his newspaper. but only when he's sure it will help the business grow and help his community keep building up. new mexico has given the world some truly news-making moments over the years. the first atomic bomb was developed here in the hidden mountain laboratories of los alamos. down on the plains in roswell, robert godard developed some of the most important theories about man's space light. and years after that, his old stomping grounds produced some of the most sensational alleged ufo sitings. but this state is still a technology leader. and in one particular area, it is truly poised to take off these days. ♪ with easily more than 300 days
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of sunshine each year, new mexico is one of the sunniest states in the country and there's a wave of solar energy companies coming to set up shop. one of the biggest, schot solar. and since they opened, they have been energizing the local jobs market. amid the roar of robots in this plant, workers are turning out solar cells and related technology as fast as they can and their products are going out the door just as quickly. >> it's a growing technology and there's a demand for it. >> we basically sell everything that we produce. >> you feel good about this? >> i do. >> personally i see a future here. >> it's no accident. up in the capital santa fe, another fellow believes he can see the future, too. >> am i always right or what? >> governor bill richardson is pushing his state hard to recruit more and more solar
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companies. >> i've just concentrated like a laser on saying, any solar entity, please come to new mexico. we will do everything we can to recruit you. and it's working. >> the governor's philosophy is simple. his state has long been home to some of the federal government's most advanced scientific and military labs, a great deal of technical expertise is already here. combine that with new companies on the leading edge of a green revolution, and the result? 2,500 new jobs already this year as many companies follow schott solar's lead. >> governor richardson's cabinet rolled out the welcome mat. they provided all manner of incentives for us, training incentives. >> what is your best hope for all of this? what do you hope people say 20 years from now about this idea? >> that new mexico, despite its small size, became the solar
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capital of america. that's my goal. and i think we're on our way. >> solar is still a tiny sliver of the u.s. energy market. but this state is intent on grabbing a big share of that, convinced it will mean a lot of jobs, money and bright days ahead. this is really about long-term planning. the governor and everyone else here will readily admit solar and all the other green technologies have a long way to go. but they believe they are positioning themselves to be in the lead down the road. next, coming soon to a theater near you, new mexico lights up the film and tv industry in a big way and the payoff is huge. >> they're spending about $300 million a year here. >> and mixing it up. the secret life of santa fe that has young professionals feeling very positive. >> all it takes is a little
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nudge to get people together and realize that their work can transform or enliven a place. >> when "building up america" continues.
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a good many famous faces have come out of new mexico. hot actor neil patrick harris is from albuquerque. the late john denver and demi moore both came from roswell. and of course, oceans of stars have visited. many used to stay at the famous el rancho inn on old route 66, harkening back to the glory days of hollywood when the western was king and western places like this one were the stuff dreams were made of. movie-making has always been about big dreams. but some years back, officials here had their own dream about what the movie business could
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mean to this state. and the result? lights, cameras and a lot of action. what do "transformers," "indiana jones" and "no country for old men" have in common? >> this is just a deal gone wrong, isn't it? >> they were all made in new mexico. the film industry here is just going gangbusters. >> it really is. >> in the capital, the governor's man in charge of film, eric whitd, is delighted. >> it's helped a lot of people in our local economy. >> what is this place right here? >> this is one of more famous bars here in santa fe. it's been here for about 40 years. in this bar, they shot "crazy heart." ♪ >> new mexico has built this love affair with film through an
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aggressive campaign that started seven years ago. that's when the state began offering big rebates to filmmakers who would come and hire local workers, buy local products and use local facilities, like the sprawling new sound stages just outside of albuquerque. in addition, the state can help cover salaries for local folks being trained for film jobs. as a result, the number of skilled film workers here has gone from 100 to 3,000. >> it's very high-paying jobs. great benefits. >> construction has really slowed down. this has really been a good way to fill that economic void for jobs. >> this is not an utterly new idea. thomas edison's picture company made the first film here more than a century ago. and in the '20s and '30s, cowboy films rode all over the new mexico range. but what is happening now is much bigger than what was
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happening back then, etch bigger than what was happening 13 years ago when they had five film and video projects in this state. last year, they had more than 40. and the number keeps growing. the state estimates 10,000 jobs have been created on the sets and by the dozens of local businesses providing everything from catering to computer animation to big-spending filmmakers. do you have any idea how much they're spending each year here? >> they're spending about $300 million a year here right now in hard cash, generating about $1 billion in economic activity as the money circulates through the local economy. >> and that ride, by almost all accounts, is just beginning. >> thanks for coming out. it's so good to be home. >> some other states are also doing well attracting movie-makers and all those hollywood dollars. notably, louisiana.
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but new mexico now claims to have more trained movie technicians living here than anywhere else outside of new york and los angeles. not a bad trick. a little later, the young are coming out to play and stay in one of the west's oldest settlements. and finding success in the fields, how the navajo nation is not merely holding up, but building up against all the odds on likely the biggest farm you will ever see. >> that's always been my dream and will be my dream for the rest of my life.
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archaeological evidence suggests people started living in what we now call new mexico more than 25,000 years ago. today, the state is home to 22 indigenous tribes, including the apaches, the pueblos and the nava navajos. here in the northwest corner of new mexico, many native american populations have struggled for many years with soaring unemployment, much worse than most of us have ever seen in our lifetimes. but not far from where i'm standing on the navajo nation, a unique program seems to be helping in a big way.
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the years' first harvest of alpa alfafa is being cut. eef harvest brings what he believes his community needs most. you've just always believed that if you don't deliver quality, you don't have anything? >> that is correct. quality, quality, quality. >> that's what you believe in? >> that's what i believe in. everything we do has to be quality. >> out in this arid and beautiful landscape, lewis is ceo of the navajo agricultural products industry or napi and he and his team have led a ten-year campaign to raise the quality and success of navajo pride products annually producing more than $30 million worth of potatoes, corn, wheat, beans and even cattle. >> you need to have the diversity in your operation. you just can't raise crops and
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that's all you can do. >> the navajo nation is vast and sprawling, a country in its own right existing within and with the united states. over the years, it has battled fierce economic problems. leaders have encouraged more young navajos to pursue higher education. that is helping build up this area, too, according to the president of the navajo nation, joe shirley, jr., who knows how much his community must rely on itself. >> it's a big battle. it's an uphill battle. but during the recession now, it's even worse. jobs are really hard to find because of the economy's on the downturn throughout. it's really hard to get businesses to come locate on navajo land to do business, to create jobs. >> reporter: the napi team is a model of efficiency, rigorous on-site soil and water testing protect quality and protectivity, a computerized
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command center handles irrigation needs around the clock. >> we just make sure the farm is getting their water. >> managers of each problem must turn at least 15% profit, the money going back into the farm or other tribal programs. and it all works. napi employees' 1,200 full and part-time each year and hasn't had a single layoff. they run an aggressive training program for young nav jose and have earned the respect of their own community. >> i'm proud of being a navajo. proud of who we are, proud of this farm. >> do you like working here? >> yes, i do. i plan on retiring here. >> just how big is this operation? well, look at it this way. all of the land that you can see, 30 miles east to west, 20 miles north to south, is all part of this farm. but for lewis, it's even bigger.
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as a young man, outsiders told him his tribe could never succeed at a business like this. >> well, i stand here today with 99.9% navajos operating our own farm. that is success to me. that's always been my dream and will be my dream for the rest of my life. >> it's impossible to convey just how impressive this effort is and how much excitement there is in the navajo nation over this area where they feel they are taking on the recession and winning. in just a moment, building up community spirit and a whole town's hopes for prosperty, one party and one young professional at a time. "building up america" continues.
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places like new york or portland, oregon, and places like that. >> that's where mix comes in. these are the founding members and this is mix. part free-form social club, part business networking group, part town hall meeting. mix is a once a month party in which young people are urged to meet, have fun and share ideas about what they want their community to be. >> the idea is if you do get people involved in that, they feel more invested in the community and they do want to stay and invest their time here. >> to make that happen, mix, which has the backing of the city and the chamber of commerce, poses a question or challenge which participants answer on video. the best answer gets a prize. clark hopped up one night to explain how he'd use a $200 prize to help disadvantaged teens with job training, particularly in green industries. >> with $200, i would start a t-shirt company for youth -- >> he got the money.
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his group used it to make t-shirts to sell at the next mix event to raise more money to provide more training. everyone wins. >> we're trying to train these kids in that industry so they kind of have a foot ahead, maybe, when it comes down to finding a job in the green industry for them. they'll have the experience, hopefully. >> but mix gets something out of the process, too. a steady stream of information about what matters to young people in this town. in many ways this is really about a very old-fashioned idea, getting people to invest each other, to pay attention to local schools, to look at local issues, to settle down and call this home. >> it makes for a much more active, proactive and involved community. you get more responsive local government. >> it feels like we're on the cusp of a sort of creative innovation-based economy. i think that all it takes is a little nudge to get people together.
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>> or even to keep notoriously restless young people happy and here. and with that, we say so long to the land of enchantment. we hope you've seen some ideas here that might help your community build up. for all of us on the cnn express, i'm tom foreman. we'll see you down the line. hello again, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. it is saturday, july 3rd, and you're in the "cnn newsroom." so this is no ordinary holiday weekend in the gulf of mexico. usually on the fourth of july weekend, beaches and hotels would be crowded, packed with tourists spending money. well, instead, it is day 75 of a massive oil clean-up. and tourists along some gulf
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states are simply scarce. cnn's reynolds wolf is in gulf shores, alabama, where got a couple of people back there and maybe a lifeguard there at the lifeguard post, even though no one's in the water? >> reporter: well, the lifeguards have been all over the place. people trying to enjoy the sunshine. we've talked about people who have business here. but for people like jennifer from kentucky, it's disappointing. how are you doing? >> fine, how are you? >> reporter: you've been here a few times -- >> we come here every week fourth of july week, every year. >> reporter: this year has been a little bit different, hasn't it? >> yes, it's been very, very disappointing. >> reporter: on a normal day when you come out here, what would your family be doing? >> we're in the water with goggles and snorkles and boogie boards. and we can't do any of that at all this time. >> reporter: it has been mind-numbing? >> it's very frustrating. there's nothing to do but buckets and shoveling and they're a little too old for
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that. >> reporter: i've heard -- i guess someone got in the water, didn't they? >> we attempted just to get in a little bit and get their feet wet and we've been kicked out. >> reporter: not once but two times? >> yes. we have been kicked out two times. >> reporter: and your name is -- >> isaac. >> reporter: isaac. can you believe that, fred? been in the water two times and got yanked out. is it frustrating for you, isaac? >> yes. >> reporter: what would you like to be doing? >> on my boogie board, getting on the waves, going right through them. >> reporter: i'm with you, dude. i know what that's like. tough times. that's something kids up and doin down the coast are going to be dealing with. we have all kinds of issues. we have the oil to deal with. tough times in terms of the economy. unemployment, people trying to alleviate stress they're dealing with situations beyond their control. it's been tough for a lot of people. tough for businesses, not just
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hotels but a lot of restaurants, you've got people in the souvenir industry, a lot of gas stations, all waiting for people that should be here. but check this out. a lot of the beach is completely empty. a few people here and there. normally on the fourth of july, you'd have folks all over the beach. there are still some people over here. we have some of lifeguards and the beach patrol on this vehicle making its way towards that sand barrier. but the action on the beach is going to be people staring at the water, people getting pulled out like isaac. a frustrating time on the nation's birthday. >> beautiful white sands there. and that's inviting. but when you're on the beach, you want to cool off. you want to take a little dip in the water. but as we heard from isaac, you just can't do it, safety first. you can't dip your feet in the water right now. >> reporter: absolutely. it's like being starving. you stand next to a refrigerator with all kinds of great food and can't take a bite. can't touch it. >> no fair.
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thanks so much, reynolds wolf in gulf shores, alabama. everyone hoping things will turn around sometime soon. let's go overseas now. u.s. troops in iraq are getting a surprise visit this fourth of july weekend. an unannounced visit from vice president joe biden and his wife, jill. the two will spend the fourth with the troops in baghdad. the vice president is also scheduled to meet with iraqi officials. the bidens' visit comes ahead of an august 31st deadline for an american troop drawdown in iraq. general david petraeus is on the ground in afghanistan assessing the situation there. he also got some face time with afghan president hamid karzai. petraeus is replacing stanley mcchrystal as the man in charge of u.s. and international forces there. he spoke today at a fourth of july event calling for unity of purpose. >> i'm reminded that this is an effort in which we must achieve
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unity of effort and common purpose, civilian and military, afghan and international, we are part of one team with one mission. in this important endeavor, cooperation is not optional. this is a tough mission. there is nothing easy about it. >> general dividend david petraeus. june was the deadliest month yet for troops in afghanistan. 101 were killed, 59 of those americans. for the more than 30,000 u.s. troops injured in iraq and afghanistan, coming home may offer little rest for the weary. but this week's cnn hero is helping rebuild their lives. dan wallrath spends his retirement giving injured soldiers a place to call home. >> baghdad ended up being a hell of a ride. i sustained a very severe blast injury. my life just came to a complete
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halt. >> how you doing? how's everything? you look sharp today. >> thank you. >> i've been building custom homes for 30 years. one of the most important things for a family is a home. i want you to read the sign for me. >> future home of sergeant alexander reyes. united states army. >> congratulations. giving these folks a new home means the world. >> just thank you. that's all i can say. >> my name is dan wallrath. five years ago, a friend of mine's son had been injured in iraq. this is. he showed me some pictures. his son was a big strapping marine. then he showed me pictures of steven in the hospital. it just broke my heart. steven was wheelchair-bound. we were going to have to remodel. i had no idea how i was going to pay for it. dan just said, we're going to take care of it. >> we remodeled that home and i realized, this is not an isolated case. so went back to my builder buddies and said, we've got to
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we always look forward to this, viral videos. and this has been one heck of a week for viral videos. josh levs, this was a really tough job trying to, i guess, weed it down. or maybe it was a really great thing because it was so plentiful. >> it takes time. but it's our dessert. we love it after all the serious news, get to play with all those hot viral videos. i've got a fun one. meet vuvuzela man. there he is. >> i should be hearing a buzz. >> there you go. he's going around cheering for absolutely everything everywhere. i'm going to tell you about him. plus the elderly man schooling young folks on how to dance to lady gaga and what happens when a cat attacks a birthday card. all coming up next in viral
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a look at our top stories right now. on a visit to poland today, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton announced the u.s. will donate $15 million to help preserve the site of the notorious auschwitz concentration camp. she said the concentration which still must be authorized by congress demonstrates america's commitment to holocaust education, remembrance and research. a judge has ordered three members of an alleged russian spy ring held behind bars. two of the suspects admitted to investigators that they are russian citizens living in the u.s. under assumed names. the nudge ruled the couple, along with a third suspect, are flight risks. their next hearing is scheduled for next week. and they are among 11 suspects being held in this case. to world cup action now, germany beat archrival argentina 4-0 to reach the semifinal
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round. germany will next face the winner of the last quarterfinal between spain and paraguay. that's under way right now. the netherlands and uruguay have already advanced to the semifinals as well. time for viral videos. you know the music. that's the cue right there. >> that time. >> squosh levs is here right now. you have a little bit of world cup talk in this. >> yes. you and i have talked a lot about vuvuzelas here and everyone in the world is talking about them. it was inevitable there would be a viral video about vuvuzelas. this is from lanline tv. take a look. this is vuvuzela man. he's running around -- >> where is he running around? in south africa? unless you're in south africa,
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they're not going to get it. >> this has just come out in recent days. i think it's actually here in the u.s. >> i don't know of a subway system in south africa. >> he's going around blowing it for everyone. and more and more people -- at the time -- everyone's loving it. >> it looks like manhattan. >> watch. >> exercise! >> oh, my gosh. he's made this his job. >> it's becoming a phenom. he got the name vuvuzela man. >> he is a world cup devotee. >> pretty sure he's in new york right there. >> i'm pretty sure there's alcohol involved but anyway. >> another new web star you didn't see coming is this elderly gentleman dancing to lady gaga who's totally schooling the younger folks.
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watch this. >> oh, go, pops. all right. >> so he's got some moves. skip to the next section. what you see happening in this club is these younger guys come up and try to learn his moves. watch how much better he is. >> oh, yeah, he's got it down. go! >> i love how new dance stars just sprout up out of in where. >> the little samba baby. >> once in a while, i'll show you a prank on this. i wouldn't sew this oosh dets not gross even though it's a prank and involves a toilet. >> sounds gross. oh, my. oh, no, no, no. that would freak me out because i do not like porta-pottis.
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i love it! actually they do not look frightened enough for me. >> when they're leaving, they all seem to think it's funny. >> he locked the door, too. >> all right. we're going to continue -- there he is behind us. that's freaking me out. we're going to keep up the company now -- she's loving that one. >> that's good. >> i look for the adorable videos involving animals. watch what this kitten does. this is why not to give your cat a birthday card. it's singing meow and the cat is flipping out. maybe he's just trying to play
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with them. >> this is funny. >> he's like, what is going on here? >> where are my friends? come out. >> it was the cat's birthday and they gave him this card. i don't know if he's trying to attack it or just trying to play. >> cat is looking for his friends to come out of that card. >> and now i'm going to lower my voice, time for fred's weekly relaxation video. this one is pretty cool. take a look at it. watch this. ♪ it's kind of mesmerizing. >> is that inside a sponge or something? >> it's called a mandle box. it's called fractive geometry. they took this and put this video crystal harmony by the ray kelly band behind it.
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you can get kind of lost in this. >> yeah, i'm relaxed. >> i don't want to leave us on relaxati relaxation. i try to work us up a little at the end. i'm going to end with spotlight on a really cool talent. i love showing people's really cool talents. take a look at this guy and what he does, carving a watermelon and look what he does to it. skip to the next section of it. i want you to see what he leads to. look at that. >> wow, that's gorgeous. >> it's so impressive. you can watch the whole thing. you wouldn't know people have these talents but thanks to the web, you have hundreds of thousands of people taking a look at it. >> if i knew how to do that, nobody would make fun of me when i bring frud salad to the party. usually when i bring a fruit salad, no one is impressed. but if it looked like that, oh, my goodness.
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that was gorgeous. who wants to eat that? >> i want to see what your humorous fruit salad looks like. bring it in tomorrow. >> just think really simple. >> bananas and apples. >> cut, cut, cut, slice, slice. that's it. >> all the videos are right here. they're all at facebook, and twitter. tell us your favorites and we'll share some of them tomorrow at 2:00 eastern. >> i always look forward to part two. the encore. thank you so much, josh. a tornado is striking deep in the heart of texas. we'll show you the damage. that's just a taste of it right there. you took my eggs ! it's an "egg management fee." what does that even mean ? egg management fee. even kids know it's wrong to take other people's stuff. that's why at ally bank
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all right. people in south texas are trying to clean up after this destructive tornado. the twister tore through texas yesterday. the red cross said it damaged or destroyed the homes of at least seven families. no injuries or deaths, thankfully, are being reported. a lot of folks are hitting the road this holiday weekend. aside from bad weather in different parts of the country. we are hearing they could be in
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for a big surprise, particularly in the northeast because it's very hot. you may not have tornadoes, that kind of activity, but instead -- you know, sometimes the heat can be just as bad. it's all relative. >> yes. you know in d.c. the triple digits are very oppressive. >> it means a lot of humidity, too. >> it does. >> bad hair days, sweat, you know. >> i won't go on vacation anymore. >> okay. >> our temperatures mostly in the upper 80s maxing out in the low to mid 90s and to the northeast. what we are looking at over the next several days, the trend is it's going to be even hotter, fred. we'll come closer to the triple digits. the record high for d.c. today is about 106. >> oh, my goodness. >> we're edging toward the triple digits sunday, monday, tuesday. the weather will be dry. should be a nice celebration on the mall with the fireworks. looks good. but if you are headed to new
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york city, the temperatures will be sweltering. in philadelphia, temperatures in the 90s. no break until the end of the week. i'll show you what's happening along the gulf coast. this is a sad story that we have been talking about for months now. in particular because it e's -- there are advisories. toward louisiana, some areas definitely worse than others. they were saying, fred, that along the gulf state park area in alabama, they had runners on the beach that were barefoot and the oil becomes emulsified. >> oh, sticks, yeah. >> i have been a runner. it's not fun. >> i love running barefoot on the beach. >> not now. >> you've got to keep the shoes
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all right. it's become a familiar sight along the gulf coast. a lot of yellow in the form of booms set up to protect beaches and marsh lands, but they were no match for hurricane alex even though the storm was centered hundreds of miles away. cnn's senior correspondent allan chernoff has more. >> reporter: take a ride down the mississippi into the gulf of mexico and see what hurricane alex has delivered from bp's out of control oil well. we're more than 60 miles away from the oil gusher by comfort oil which is within saint bernard parish and the oil has made it over here. there is a bit of a sheen on the water and there are also what you would call tar balls. this is emulsified oil. it's been in the water for at least a week, maybe two weeks. that's the reason there is boom all around the island trying to
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prevent this tar, this oil from getting onto the island and also into the marshlands and especially from hitting those pelicans, but unfortunately the pelicans here do have oil on them. >> all of them have oil on them. >> owl of theall of them? >> eight or ten right there. it's not good. >> this is what hurricane alex did to some of the boom. broke it up. that's the reason so many crews are surrounding the island now, bringing out replacement boom. they will have to do it over and over through the summer as more storms come in. several hundred fishermen who now can't fish are transporting boom at saint bernard parish, yet some of the oil hit land which means it has to be removed manually. >> we use rakes, shovels. we find the tar balls, shovel them up. if it's thick, heavy and stuck into the grassy area they get down into the grass


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